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May 2023
Wednesday Afternoon News (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 31-May-2023  17:03:35 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

If you're still on Win XP this might be of interest. I think this line from the article sums it up. A new activation hack is floating around the internet, according to the report. The tool was shared on Reddit last year, and so far, no one has reported any issues with xp_activate32.exe. Yes, that looks like exactly the kind of file you're not supposed to run on your machine, but using Windows XP in 2023 means walking on the wild side. The OS hasn't gotten any security patches in years, so connecting it to the internet is already a bad idea. Installing a mysterious executable might just be speeding up the inevitable.

Nikola Tesla would be happy. 'Free' electricty is here. "The air contains an enormous amount of electricity," explained Jun Yao, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering at UMass, and the paper's senior author. "Think of a cloud, which is nothing more than a mass of water droplets. Each of these droplets contains a charge, and when conditions are right, the cloud can produce a lightning bolt, but we don't know how to reliably capture electricity from lightning." He continued, "What we've done is to create a human-built, small-scale cloud that produces electricity for us predictably and continuously so that we can harvest it."

With the pricing of recent GPU's this news shouldn't surprise anyone. Nvidia Corp briefly joined an elite club of U.S. companies sporting a $1 trillion market value on Tuesday, as investors piled into the chipmaker that has quickly become one of the biggest winners of the AI boom. The stock's value has tripled in less than eight months, reflecting the surge in interest in artificial intelligence following rapid advances in generative AI, which can engage in human-like conversation and craft everything from jokes to poetry.

While ARM continue to innovate in the IoT and mobile SOC space. While Arm does not produce chips itself, it develops a reference Total Compute Solution (TCS) platform to provide its customers a starting point for their own implementations. TCS23 spans three levels of CPU cores: the Cortex-X4, Cortex-A720, and Cortex-520. Each of these core designs is tailored to a different slice of workloads and can work in concert for the full system solution. Each of these is built on the Armv9.2 architecture, which affords several performance optimizations and security enhancements. The TCS23 platform also offers GPU designs which include the new flagship Immortalis-G720, Mali-G720, and Mali-G620 options.

Your next CPU or GPU might just be built with this new foundary process. Meet the Forksheet. Ryckaert’s team found that one of the main limitations to shrinking nanosheet-based logic is keeping the separation between the two types of transistor that make up CMOS logic. The two types—NMOS and PMOS—must maintain a certain distance to limit capacitance that saps the devices’ performance and power consumption. “The forksheet is a way to break that limitation,” Ryckaert says. Instead of individual nanosheet devices, the forksheet scheme builds them as pairs on either side of a dielectric wall. The wall allows the devices to be placed closer together without causing a capacitance problem.

Memory prices have been dropping but that wont stop Samsung from continued DDR5 development. Samsung says it's leveraging a new high-K material to help increase cell capacitance, which in turn "results in a significant electric potential difference in the data signals." This makes it easier to accurately distinguish between them, Samsung says. The bigger side effects are a claimed power consumption reduction of up to 23 percent while simultaneously enhancing wafer productivity by up to 20 percent. That latter stat means Samsung can extract 20 percent more DRAM chips from each wafer.

Apparently Samsung never read the memo about a global economic downturn. Samsung on Wednesday unveiled their plan to invest $230 billion over the next 20 years in a new semiconductor production mega cluster in South Korea. The country's government believes that the new chip manufacturing site and the expansion of existing fabs will make South Korea the world's largest producer of chips, de-throning Taiwan. "The mega cluster will be the key base of our semiconductor ecosystem," a statement by the South Korean government published by Nikkei reads.

The internet was born in this delivery room. This is the room where the first message was sent, the message was L-O-G,before it crashed. UCLA was attempting to LOGIN to a computer at Stanford.

Tuesday Night News (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-May-2023  21:22:39 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

IntelInside sent news on emergency sos via satellite for your (fruit flavour) mobile phone. Apple’s groundbreaking safety service Emergency SOS via satellite is available starting today for customers in Australia and New Zealand. Available on all iPhone 14 models, the innovative technology enables users to message with emergency services while outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. Additionally, if users want to reassure friends and family of their whereabouts while travelling in an area with no cellular or Wi-Fi coverage, they can now open the Find My app and share their location via satellite.

Someone calling themselves Agg sent news on passkey technology begining to be rolled out. Google is moving one step closer to ditching passwords, rolling out its passkey technology to Google accounts from Thursday. The passkey is designed to replace passwords entirely by allowing authentication with fingerprint ID, facial ID or pin on the phone or device you use for authentication. Apple has begun using the technology in iOS16 and the latest MacOS release, and Microsoft has been using it through the Authenticator app.

Face recognition technology is great and seems to be a bit easier in day to day use than under screen finger print scanners. But this article might be a bit of a worry. In a recent survey of modern smartphones, it was found that a large proportion of them offered face recognition technology (FRT) which was alarmingly weak. Devices from most major Android vendors like Honor, Motorola, Nokia, Oppo, Samsung, Vivo and Xiaomi used FRT which could be fooled by a simple printed photo of the actual user, found the research. Moreover, a usable photo in the hands of a spoofer didn’t have to be of a very high quality or be printed on particularly good paper or printer to work.

Neuralink has obtained approval to begin 'in-human' clinical studies of their implant devices. The technology has been in the works for decades, being it has the potential to restore function to patients with paralysis and other debilitating conditions such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Other companies, like Blackrock Neurotech and Synchron, have implanted similar devices in patients for clinical trials, with at least 42 patients around the world having had brain-computer implants so far.

Intel may have new CPU marketing names. The Intel Core Ultra CPU range naming has been leaked. If you read that headline and thought, "what the heck is a Core Ultra," you haven't been keeping up with your rumors, dear reader. Indeed, Intel seems to be readying a branding shift away from "Core i" and toward "Core Ultra," at least for its Meteor Lake mobile parts.

I once owned a MS Surface Pro 3. I found it to be the singularly frustrating machine I've ever owned. And all because MicroSoft was essentially using me as their beta tester for Windows 8. And now it appears that all things old are new again. A further Reddit thread claims the latest system update caused the camera bug - as you might expect with the camera suddenly going wrong for many people, the fault doesn't lie with the hardware but the software. There is a workaround, and that's to manually change the date on your Surface Pro system to before May 23. Apparently, this does the trick, at least for a fair number of users who've reported successfully using this date-fudging method.

Meta have deep pockets, but they must be reaching down a lot further to grab those virtual coins now. Meta now tops the charts for the EU’s highest ever fine for violations of the bloc’s strict personal data privacy laws. The Facebook parent company pushed Amazon from the top spot and is facing a staggering $1.3 billion fee over transferring data from users in the EU and the European Economic Area to servers in the United States, found to be in violation of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation.

Maybe Meta can use Googles new AI to help them claw back a few bucks. They might find themselves as Googles beta testers though :/ Search Generative Experience helps users search faster with AI-powered overviews, along with helpful info allowing for additional follow-up questions to be asked. Users are encouraged to give feedback while using SGE by clicking on the thumbs-up or thumbs-down icon at the bottom right of the overview. More detailed feedback can also be given by clicking on the Labs icon at the top right of the page and then clicking on Feedback at the bottom right of the SGE card.

Tuesday Night Reviews (2 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 30-May-2023  20:19:36 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Time to clear the OCAU Inbox in time for the flood of Computex news that is bound to be on the way. You can send OCAU news or review links to news @ overclockers. com. au

Portable & Prebuilt:
MSI Cyborg @ HighPerformanceLaptops
MSI MEG Trident X2 Gaming PC @ ThinkComputers
Legion 7i gaming laptop @ HighPerformanceLaptops
Dell XPS 8960 Gaming PC @ TweakTown

Lexar Professional GOLD CFexpress Type B 2TB @ NikKTech
Viper VXD External SSD Enclosure @ LanOC
Solidigm D5-P5430 15.36TB SSD @ TweakTown
KIOXIA EXCERIA PLUS 1TB SDXC Memory Card @ Madshrimps
KIOXIA EXCERIA G2 NVMe Gen3 1TB SSD @ Madshrimps
Netac NV7000 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD @ NikKTech

Motherboard, Memory & CPU:
Colorful CVN Z790D5 Gaming Frozen V20 Motherboard @ NikKTech
BIOSTAR B760A-Silver Gaming Motherboard @ FunkyKit
Patriot Viper Gaming Venom RGB DDR5-7200 32GB @ FunkyKit

Audio Visual:
Truthear x Crinacle ZERO:RED In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp
FiiO K9 Desktop DAC/Headphone Amplifier @ TechPowerUp

Input Etc:
ROCCAT Vulcan II Max Optical Gaming Keyboard @ TweakTown
ASUS PG27AQDM - 240Hz 1440p OLED monitor @ guru3D
MSI Clutch GM31 Lightweight Wireless @ TechPowerUp
ROCCAT Vulcan II Mini Gaming Keyboard @ TweakTown
ASUS ROG Strix Impact III @ TechPowerUp

FSP Hydro PTM X Pro 1000W @ aphNetworks
Cooler Master Hyper 622 Halo White CPU Cooler @ aphNetworks
Hellhound Radeon RX 7600 @ HotHardware

Saturday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 27-May-2023  18:29:25 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Audio Visual:
Maono GamerWave Computer Microphone on APHNetworks.
Creative Sound Blaster X5 Hi-res External Dual DAC USB Sound Card on NikKTech.
YEYIAN Sigurd 4000 34-inch Gaming Monitor on ThinkComputers.
Emotn N1 1080p HDR Projector on NeoSeeker.
Tribit AquaEase Bathroom Speaker on FunkyHome.

Cyberpunk 2077: XeSS 1.1 vs. FSR 2.1 vs. DLSS 3 Comparison Review on TechPowerUp.
Blender 3.5 Performance Deep-dive: GPU Rendering & Viewport Performance on TechGage.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Motorola Edge+ (2023) Review: Moto Got Its Mojo Back on HotHardware.
Dell XPS 8960 Gaming PC on Tweaktown.
ECS LIVA Q3 Plus with Ryzen Embedded R2314 Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Origin PC 5000D "AMD Advantage" Gaming PC on Tweaktown.

Video Cards:
Sapphire Radeon RX 7600 PULSE on Guru3d.
Hellhound Radeon RX 7600 Review: PowerColor Tricks-Out Navi 33 on HotHardware.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master MM712 Gaming Mouse on NeoSeeker.
Razer Atlas Mouse Pad on TechPowerUp.

TeamGroup DELTAa RGB 32GB DDR5-6000 Kit on NeoSeeker.
Kingston FURY Beast RGB 32GB DDR5 6000MHz CL40 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.

ID-Cooling Dashflow 360 XT AIO cooler on TechPowerUp.
Corsair 2000D Mini-ITX case on Guru3D.
Gigabyte X670 AORUS Elite AX motherboard on TechPowerUp.
SSTC Tiger Shark 1TB SSD Review - Fastest 1TB SSD to Date on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Dark Power Pro 13 1600W Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-May-2023  14:45:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Thanks to mitty and fredhoon this week!

AMD Radeon RX 7600 and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti (1 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 26-May-2023  11:01:36 (GMT +10) - by Agg

In the hardware manufacturer equivalent of wearing the same dress as your mother-in-law to a wedding, NVIDIA and AMD have lifted the NDAs on two new video cards at the same time. These are both mid-range cards, but aimed at different price points:

AMD Radeon RX 7600 reviews - discussion thread here:

AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB Creator on Techgage.
AMD Radeon RX 7600 8GB on Guru3D.
Sapphire RX 7600 Pulse on LanOC.
AMD Radeon RX 7600 on LanOC.
AMD Radeon RX 7600 on Tweaktown.
ASRock Radeon RX 7600 Phantom Gaming on TechPowerUp.
PowerColor Radeon RX 7600 Hellhound on TechPowerUp.
Sapphire Radeon RX 7600 Pulse OC on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon RX 7600 Review - For 1080p Gamers on TechPowerUp.
AMD Radeon RX 7600 Review: Affordable RDNA3 For 1080p Gamers on HotHardware.

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti reviews - discussion thread here:

PNY RTX 4060 Ti XLR8 on TechPowerUp.
MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
Palit GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Dual OC on TechPowerUp.
INNO3D GeForce RTX 4060 Ti TWIN X2 on Tweaktown.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Review: Cutting Edge Gaming, Under $400 on HotHardware.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB Creator on TechGage.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti 8GB (Founders edition) on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Founders Edition on Tweaktown.
Nvidia RTX 4060 Ti Founders Edition on LanOC.
PNY GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Verto on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 4060 Ti TUF Gaming on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 4060 Ti Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
Zotac Gaming GeForce RTX 4060 Ti on FunkyKit.
Gainward GeForce RTX 4060 Ti GHOST on Guru3D.

Sunday Evening News (5 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 21-May-2023  21:53:20 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

KeePass is back in the news for all the wrong reasons. A simple security exploit allows retrieval of a keepass master password. In short, KeePass 2.53 and earlier loads the master password into memory in plaintext when it is entered via the keyboard. This means all an attacker has to do is get their hands on a memory dump regardless of if that comes from “the process dump, swap file (pagefile.sys), hibernation file (hiberfil.sys), various crash dumps or RAM dump of the entire system.”

ABC News have an visual summary of the potential scale of the leaked information out there about you. We’ve all heard about high-profile data breaches at places like Optus and Medibank, but there are thousands more of them that we don’t hear about. That’s why Australian online security expert Troy Hunt created Have I Been Pwned? — a service that tracks stolen data across the internet, and is used by numerous national governments, security services and law enforcement. Find out what data breaches you’ve been caught up in. See a visual summary of the potential scale of the leaked information out there about you. Understand how something known as “the mosaic effect” can increase the risks we all face online.

Before ChatGPT, there was IBM Watson. Before Watson there was Deep Blue. The supercomputer that shocked the world by beating world chess champion Garry Kasparov in a six-game rematch. The germ of the idea came during a fateful dinner IBM researchers had at a steakhouse in which patrons were glued to the TV to watch Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings’s winning streak, according to a 2013 TechRepublic feature. Seven years later, Jennings and fellow contestant Brad Rutter faced off with Watson in a three-episode televised event at the company’s research lab. Watson’s victory represented a breakthrough moment for natural language question-answering technology.

Google is going to delete your data. Why do i have trouble believing that ... Google has announced that any Google Account that hasn't been signed into for at least 2 years will be deleted, along with its contents and email address. The contents that would be deleted would be Gmail messages, Calendar events, Drive, Docs, Workspace files, and Google Photos backups. Notably, Google won't be removing any YouTube videos attached to Google accounts as some of those videos could have historical significance.

The world needs bigger cats. Thats why some physicists created the biggest schrödinger cat yet. The circuit was used as a qubit, or bit of quantum information that is simultaneously in the states “0” and “1.” The circuit’s superposition was then transferred to the oscillation of the crystal. Thus, the atoms in the crystal could move in two directions at the same time—for example, up and down—just as Schrödinger’s cat is dead and alive at the same time. Importantly, the distance between these two states (alive and dead or up and down) had to be greater than the distance ascribed to the quantum uncertainty principle

My mum always wanted me to eat more vegtables at dinner, but tasty they were not. Some crazy scientists want to make all vegies tastier. Kids today already have it too damn easy if you ask me. In the late 1990s scientists identified specific chemicals, called glucosinolates, that made Brussels sprouts taste bitter. Plant breeders started growing old seeds, previously discarded for producing paltry harvests, to identify tastier versions with lower levels of these compounds. Then they crossed these delicious but low-yield plants with modern, more prolific individuals until they found a descendant that made plenty of tasty sprouts, transforming the once maligned vegetable from a bitter pill into a popular side dish.

Nothing to do with overclocking tech or anything I'd normally post here, but these pictures really caught my eye. I guess they used a lot of tech to make these high res photos, so I'll take that as my excuse. The first full-sized digital scan of the Titanic has been created using deep-sea mapping. It provides a unique 3D view of the entire ship, enabling it to be seen as if the water has been drained away. The hope is that this will shed new light on exactly what happened to the liner, which sank in 1912.

Misc Pics (19 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 19-May-2023  13:44:20 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Thursday Evening (3 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-May-2023  17:43:41 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Morris Tanenbaum, inventor of one of the first silicon transistors, has passed away aged 94. Tanenbaum’s research in the mid-1950s proved that silicon was a better semiconductor material for transistors than germanium, which was commonly used at the time. His discovery paved the way for more efficient transistors critical in technologies that ushered in the Information Age.

The Metaverse is apparently also on the way out. The capital-M Metaverse, a descendant of the 1982 movie "Tron" and the 2003 video game "Second Life," was born in 2021 when Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg changed the name of his trillion-dollar company to Meta. After a much-heralded debut, the Metaverse became the obsession of the tech world and a quick hack to win over Wall Street investors. The hype could not save the Metaverse, however, and a lack of coherent vision for the product ultimately led to its decline. Once the tech industry turned to a new, more promising trend — generative AI — the fate of the Metaverse was sealed.

Simon sent in this story of the first selfie. A 30-year-old man stood alone in the yard of his family’s Philadelphia gas lighting business. The year was 1839, and it was late October or early November. In front of him was a makeshift camera, its lens fashioned from an opera glass. He’d already determined the daylight was adequate to expose the carefully prepared metal plate within the camera and take a photograph of himself. Last but not least, he had to remain motionless and gaze forward for 10 to 15 minutes — no easy task.

Google are looking at getting rid of passwords. Google is moving one step closer to ditching passwords, rolling out its passkey technology to Google accounts from Thursday. The passkey is designed to replace passwords entirely by allowing authentication with fingerprint ID, facial ID or pin on the phone or device you use for authentication. Apple has begun using the technology in iOS16 and the latest MacOS release, and Microsoft has been using it through the Authenticator app.

MUTMAN meanwhile sent in these 3 Mistakes Vint Cerf made in TCP/IP. Vint Cerf, the recipient of the 2023 IEEE Medal of Honor for “co-creating the Internet architecture and providing sustained leadership in its phenomenal growth in becoming society’s critical infrastructure,” didn’t have a perfect view of the Internet’s future. In hindsight, there are a few things he admits he got wrong. Here some of those mistakes, as recently told to IEEE Spectrum. Basically addressing, security, and scale. I think it would have been more incredible if he HAD accurately predicted the state of the internet in 2023 back in 1973. :)

Thursday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 18-May-2023  17:29:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Colorful CVN B760M Frozen WiFi D5 on FunkyKit.
MSI MAG X670E Tomahawk WiFi on Guru3D.
BIOSTAR Z790A-SILVER Motherboard on NikKTech.

MSI MEG CoreLiquid S360 AIO Liquid Cooling System on NikKTech.
Montech AX120 PWM RGB Fan on TechPowerUp.
Thermaltake CT120 ARGB on OCInside.

Portable & Prebuilt:
HP Dragonfly Pro Review: An AMD Ryzen 7 Laptop That Delivers on HotHardware.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 17 (AMD | 2023) on HighPerformanceLaptops.
XMG Neo 16 Gaming Laptop Review with Oasis water cooling on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
be quiet! Dark Power 13 850w ATX 3.0 80 Plus Titanium PSU on Tweaktown.
FSP Hydro G Pro 1000W PCIe 5.0 PSU on FunkyKit.

Input Etc:
Cooler Master CK720 65% Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Mountain Makalu Max Gaming Mouse on ThinkComputers.
Mountain Makalu Max mouse on Guru3D.
Cooler Master MM712 Wireless Optical Mouse on APHNetworks.
Razer DeathAdder V3 mouse on TechPowerUp.
Razer BlackWidow V4 Pro Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
AQIRYS ADARA Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.

Video Cards:
ASRock Radeon RX 7900 XTX Taichi White on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 4070 Ti 12GB GDDR6X OC Edition on Tweaktown.

Silicon Power Armor A65B 2TB USB 3.2 Gen1 Portable HDD on MadShrimps.
Solidigm SSD D5-P5430 Review: Speedy, Dense Data Center Storage on HotHardware.
Micron 6500 ION 30.72TB SSD Review - The Density Advantage on ThinkComputers.
ScaleFlux CSD-3310 7.68TB SSD Review - The Compression Advantage on Tweaktown.
Lexar NM800 Pro w/ Heatsink 2 TB SSD on TechPowerUp.
Corsair MP700 2TB SSD Review - 10,000 MBs on the Cheap on Tweaktown.

Audio Visual:
Quick Look: QKZ x HBB Khan In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Majority Sierra Dolby Atmos Soundbar on NikKTech.

Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-7200 32GB Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Crucial 32GB DDR5 5600MHz CL46 Dual-Channel Kit on NikKTech.
Geil Polaris RGB DDR5 8000 CL38 2x16 GB on Guru3D.
Thermaltake TOUGHRAM XG RGB D5 DDR5-5600 2x16GB DDR5 RAM on APHNetworks.

Fractal Ridge SFF case on LanOC.

Misc Pics (27 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 12-May-2023  14:29:57 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! Brr, it's flippin' cold!

Thursday Morning (17 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 11-May-2023  00:13:11 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I just noticed there is now a full-width toggle when browsing on Wikipedia, which gets rid of the fixed-width formatting that is annoying on some pages. Click the little box at bottom right. Yay.

Aimee sent in this story about blind driving assistance in Forza Motorsport. Blind Driving Assists work by providing a set of supplemental audio cues designed to help Low/No Vision players navigate the tracks of Forza Motorsport. The feature set was driven by the Audio team at Turn 10 and built in close partnership with our accessibility team throughout development. Players can listen to detailed descriptions, as well as a preview of each audio cue they will encounter on-track from within the accessibility menu. There's a YouTube video here.

HighPerformanceLaptops have rounded up their Best Gaming Laptops in Australia for May. Our extensive reviewing system looks at everything from 2D and 3D Performance through Design, Ergonomics and Features to Connectivity, Portability and Value, assigning points for everything. We then compare the resulting scores to every other laptop we’ve tested and determine a definitive rank. See How We Test our laptops for more details. Twenty laptops compared!

TomsHardware have been covering the story about Ryzen 7000 burnouts. In short, user reports have cropped up revealing dead Ryzen 7000 CPUs that melted in their sockets due to SoC voltages operating at unsafe voltages (which is specified as anything over 1.3v right now), and bugs surrounding AMD's CPU temperature control system, which can cause Ryzen 7000 CPUs to go a beyond its safe thermal specifications.

NASA meanwhile have been tweaking the power usage on Voyager 2 - possibly extending its life by a few more years. Voyager 2, along with its twin companion Voyager 1, are the probes that just keep on ticking. Launched in 1977, the spacecraft visited several planets in the outer solar system before tickling the outer fringes of the heliosphere—a protective bubble-like region of space that surrounds the Sun and shields us from harmful radiation pouring in from interstellar space. The probes are still active and gathering unprecedented data about the heliosphere and its protective qualities.

If, like me, you grew up attack-dialling BBSs until the early hours of the morning, you might enjoy this story about being an 11yo BBS SysOp in 1992. In January 1992, my dad brought home a gateway to a parallel world: a small black plexiglass box labeled "ZOOM" that hooked to a PC's serial port. This modem granted the power to connect to other computers and share data over the dial-up telephone network. I had a similar experience in about 1989 when Dad brought home a Bit Blitzer XM124E - a name that exists in my memory but barely appears in Google, it seems! Hooked it up to our Amiga 1000 and away we went. I never ran a BBS myself but was a regular on a few - Active, Hydra, others I've forgotten. In many ways OCAU is just a big BBS for me. :)

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 10-May-2023  21:32:10 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock X670E Taichi Carrara on Vortez.
MSI MAG Z790 Tomahawk WIFI DDR4 Motherboard on ThinkComputers.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 3 Review - Excellent Choice for Under $100 (USD) on TechPowerUp.
ASUS PG27AQN - 360Hz 1440p monitor on Guru3D.

Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 DDR5-8000 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.
XPG Lancer RGB MERA Edition DDR5-7200 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
XPG Slingshot mouse on TechPowerUp.

Power Supply:
Gigabyte UD850GW PG5 Modular Power Supply on FunkyKit.
FSP Hydro G PRO 850W ATX 3.0 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.

SilverStone FARA 512Z Computer Case on APHNetworks.
Colorful RTX 4070 NB EX-V video card on Vortez.
Apple MacBook Pro 14 With M2 Pro Review: Fast And Efficient on HotHardware.
Anker EverFrost Powered Cooler 40 on LanOC.
Cooler Master Caliber R3 Gaming Chair on ThinkComputers.

Retro Gaming May 2023 (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-May-2023  20:54:53 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Our "Retro Let's Play" for May is Metal Slug Series (Nazca/SNK 1996 - 2000). Metal Slug is a military-themed run and gun game set in the near future that centers around the fight between the Regular and Rebel Armies, with the former quickly losing ground and developing the state-of-the-art tank known as the Metal Slug. When several of the newly-produced tanks fall into Rebel hands, Marco Rossi and Tarma Roving of the Peregrine Falcon Squad are deployed for a desperate counterattack. The mission: recapture the stolen vehicles and destroy Trizae's hangover.

click for the thread!

Meanwhile this month's "Retro Racing" game is Test Drive 3 from 1990. Unlike the first two titles, the third game has the concept of a free landscape; the player does not have to drive on a preset course. The player must also obey the speed limit when a police car is in sight, otherwise they could be caught and fined. The game features three cars to drive; the Lamborghini Diablo, Ferrari Mythos Pininfarina Concept, and the Chevrolet Corvette CERV III Concept. Other features include changeable radio stations, windscreen wipers, headlights, and varying weather conditions and times of day.

click for the thread!

Sunday Morning Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 7-May-2023  01:00:44 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
ASRock Z790 PG-ITX/TB4 Motherboard on OCInside.
EVGA Z790 DARK K|NGP|N Motherboard on NikKTech.

Video Cards:
Intel Arc A750 Graphics on Tweaktown.
Gigabyte GeForce RTX 4070 Ti Gaming OC on FunkyKit.

Audio Visual:
Sound Blaster X5 Hi-Res Dual DAC USB Sound Card on HWAsylum.
HarmonicDyne Athena Over-Ear Dynamic Driver Headphones on TechPowerUp.
FIFINE AmpliGame AM8 Microphone on ThinkComputers.

Corsair MP700 2 TB Review - 10 GB/s Gen 5 SSD Tested on TechPowerUp.
Solidigm Synergy 2.0 SSD Software with benchmarks on Tweaktown.
KLEVV CRAS C910 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD on FunkyKit.
Sabrent Rocket NANOv2 NVMe USB SSD on Guru3D.
ProGrade Digital Gold 512GB CFexpress Type B 2.0 Card on NikKTech.

Portable & Prebuilt:
Asus Zenbook 17 Fold OLED on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Lenovo Yoga 7i review (2023 | Gen 8) on HighPerformanceLaptops.
OnePlus Pad Review: An Affordable, Mainstream Android Tablet on HotHardware.

Catching up with Noctua 2023 various coolers on LanOC.
Cooler Master Hyper 622 HALO White CPU Air Cooler on FunkyKit.
EK-Quantum Impulse 120 D-RGB Fan on TechPowerUp.

Input Etc:
Asus ROG Azoth keyboard on Guru3D.
Quick Look: Jelly Key Immense Ocean Coral Odyssey Artisan Keycap on TechPowerUp.
CHERRY XTRFY K4 TKL RGB RETRO Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on MadShrimps.
VAXEE XE Wireless mouse on TechPowerUp.

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh V2 on APHNetworks.
Thermaltake The Tower 500 on ThinkComputers.

G.SKILL Ripjaws S5 32GB DDR5 6400MHz CL32 Dual-Channel Kit on NiKTech.
Lexar ARES RGB DDR5-6000 32GB Dual-Channel Memory Kit on Tweaktown.

Redfall: XeSS 1.0 vs. FSR 2.1 vs. DLSS 3 Comparison Review on TechPowerUp.
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You may not have heard of ReRam before. And if you have it's probably not recently. So whats been happening in the world of this promising technology ? Research discovered that sending a current through silicon oxide could counteract its inherent insulator property and create a silicon crystal (oxygen vacancy) pathway or filament. Electrical pulses could then break and reconnect this filament, changing the resistance levels from low to high – the binary signalling mechanism. The tech is said to be as fast to read as SRAM (static random access memory), but lower cost with reduced power consumption and non-volatility. It retains data without needing constant power, unlike SRAM, or periodic power refreshes as with DRAM.

Fujitsu may not be a big name in the PC consumer space, but in HPC they a still very much invested and have an interesting fork. When it comes to chips, there is a big difference between a kicker and a fork. The kicker is a successor that implements an architecture and design and that includes microarchitecture enhancements to boost core performance. The fork is a divergence of some sort, literally a fork in the road that makes all the difference.

SK hynix take the lead in the 3D NAND chip market. While the other market players are releasing 230 layer products SK hynix have a 300 layer product that sets an ingest speed record along the way. To reduce the cost/bit, the number of stacked layers needs to increase, while the pitch between stacked layers decreases. It is necessary to manage the increasing WL (wordline) resistance produced by a decreased stack pitch.” They applied five new techniques to a >300-layer 1Tb 3b/cell (TLC) 3D-NAND flash memory product.

ASML’s EUV lithography tools are expensive... Really expensive. Each EUV tool is now approaching $170M, and you use many of them for a leading-edge semiconductor fab. In the future, the cost of each High-NA EUV tool will be in excess of $350M. Last week, Applied Materials, the 2nd largest semiconductor equipment manufacturer in the world, announced they have a potential solution. That solution is the Centura Sculpta tool, a new tool that can perform a new process step, “pattern shaping”. According to Applied Materials, the Sculpta tool could be used to reduce the use of EUV lithography by as much as HALF for some layers.

PC designs great great grand-daddy, Xerox Alto, appeared 50 years ago, and although it only gets credited with one of them – because Steve Jobs slipped up – all modern end-user computers owe three defining aspects of their design to the Alto. The greatest myth about the Alto, though, is that some Apple staff just dropped in one day, saw the machine and its amazing GUI technology, and stole it. That is not what happened. The Lisa and Mac projects were already underway before the visit, and the Mac's original designer Jef Raskin had already spent time at PARC before he worked at Apple. There were two visits, heavily negotiated, and Apple paid for them with 100,000 shares of Apple stock… which Xerox, foolishly, sold on almost as soon as it could.


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